The Geriatric Neuropsychology Laboratory has a long tradition of using contemporary methods in experimental psychology to study how brain organization contributes to the diseases of older adults with an emphasis on health problems faced by patients served by the Veterans Health Administration. Founded in 1981 by Dr. Milberg, its original focus was on the cognitive neuroscience of Alzheimer's Disease. When joined by Dr. McGlinchey in 1985, the laboratory expanded consistently and systematically to include studies related to stroke and alcoholism, with a deep commitment to using basic research in neuropsychology to improve the care of patients.
Today our large research group consists of two general components: The Geriatric Neuropsychology Laboratory (GNL) and the Translational Research Center for Traumatic Brain Injury and Stress Disorders (TRACTS). GNL is the research component of the New England Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) within the VA Boston Healthcare System. The mission of this component is to advance scientific knowledge regarding the medical, psychological and social needs of the older Veteran population. TRACTS is a RR&D National Center for TBI Research committed to conducting the highest quality research on the unique problems faced by our nation’s newest Veterans from Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) and Operation New Dawn (OND). The research mission of TRACTS is to help understand deployment related trauma (such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)) with the goal of developing innovative treatments for the Veteran population. For more information about the study and participation, visit the TRACTS VA webpage.
We conduct a great deal of our neuroimaging data collection and analysis at the The Neuroimaging Research for Veterans (NeRVe) Center.